U of M president backs off comments about Teague resignation

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) University of Minnesota president Eric Kaler has retreated from comments he made right after athletic director Norwood Teague’s resignation over sexual harassment allegations last week, when he suggested Teague had been served too much alcohol.

In a statement Friday, Kaler now says Teague was entirely responsible for his own behavior, and alcohol is no excuse.

Kaler also says the university has no plans to hire Teague back as a consultant to ease the transition to a new AD.

The University also announced Friday it has hired an outside lawyer to investigate the circumstances surrounding Teague’s resignation. The review will be led by Karen Schanfield of Fredrickson and Byron. She’ll be joined by another attorney from the firm, former federal prosecutor Joe Dixon, who sent Ponzi schemer Tom Petters to prison.